Navy, Air Force Team Up in
By Amaani Lyle, American Forces
Washington D.C. – (AFPS)
– May 22, 2014 – The Navy and the Air Force are collaborating as part of the
Defense Department’s rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region, Chief of Naval
Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert said here yesterday.
The Naval Integrated Fire Control–Counter Air
Capability-Based System, which employs the teaming of services’ situational
awareness and strike capabilities to detect and attack targets at long range, is
prominent in organizing concepts that the Navy and Air Force are using to
conduct counter-air operations now and into the future, Greenert said in remarks
at the Defense Working Group breakfast. “We are taking elements of Navy
Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air and integrating them into exercises we run
with the Air Force [such as] Northern Edge … in Alaska and Valiant Shield [in
Guam],” Greenert said. “The whole idea is getting the tactical data links and
those networks compatible -- the air-sea battle brought this together.”
The admiral explained that the challenge at hand is how to
integrate submarines, other vessels and aircraft to bring a common effect.
NIFC-CA, Greenert said, involves assessing the inventory and
area denial systems such as platforms, payloads and sensors, as well as
analyzing what elements of NIFC-CA to which the Air Force could contribute.
“You lay [the elements] out there and say, ‘That’s nice. Now
how do they operate together?’” Greenert said. “You’re using Aegis cruisers and
destroyer ships, everybody sees the same thing and therefore they can shoot the
weapon based on what you see.”
The key, Greenert explained, is to sort through the tactical
nets -- such as the Air Force’s F-35A aircraft, the Navy’s F-35C and F/A-18E/F
Super Hornet aircraft, and the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System --
so the two services can share information.
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